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Chick & Boozie's Fun Time Holiday Special

a Comedy Variety Show
by Chick Starley & Boozie the Imp

COMPANY : Dad's Garage Theatre Company [WEBSITE]
VENUE : Dad's Garage Theater [WEBSITE]
ID# 25

SHOWING : December 15, 2000 - December 23, 2000



Chick, Boozie and the Franzia Foxes return to add some spice to your eggnog. What would the holidays be without fireside chats, presents under the tree and lots of scantily clad dancing girls? This variety show puts the "No" in Noel.

Writer Chris Blair
Director Chris Blair
Asst. Stage Manager Heidi Blackwell
Lighting Designer Elisabeth Cooper
Scenic Artist Melisa Dubois
Props Designer Shawn Hale
Stylist for "Seigfried and Roy" Melissa Mason
Scenic Artist Anthony Melita
Choreographer Hope Mirlis
Stage Manager Larry Schwartz
Seamstress Casondra Sigers
Lighting Technician Jennah Singleton
Scenic Designer Jamie Warde
Technical Director Jamie Warde
Chick Starley Chris Blair
Franzia Fox Nicole Goodrum Blair
Franzia Fox Stacey Bode
Ensemble Sean Daniels
Ensemble Christian Danley
Ensemble Jim Davies
Ensemble Matt Horgan
Ensemble Mary Kraft
Franzia Fox Josie B. Lawson
Franzia Fox Hope Mirlis
Ensemble Kendra Myers
Franzia Fox Jillian St. Charles
Ensemble Chad Yarborough
Boozy the Imp Matt "Lucky" Yates
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Ho Ho Hilarious mixed with Ho Ho Hummmm
by StageLizard
Wednesday, December 20, 2000
At Dad's Garage, it's sometimes hard to tell if the often-funny sub-par production values are part of the show or simply the way it has to be for a budget-conscious theatre company. And such is the case with "Chick & Boozy's Fun-Time Holiday Special."

Chick Starley (played by the show's writer and director, Chris Blair) and Boozy the Imp (puppeted and voiced by Lucky Yates) host a holiday variety show from Chick's swinging bachelor pad. Chick, once considered a "big star" because he had a few lines in unmemorable films, has been reduced to a has-been (never was?) who tries to re-live his salad days by inviting second-rate acts to appear on his in-house holiday special. Between the variety acts, Chick and Boozy exchange sometimes witty repartee, which swings from the hilarious (Boozy's version of "The Little Drummer Boy") to the not-so-funny.

Odd thing is, however, that Chris Blair and Lucky Yates occasionally seemed to forget their lines (mostly Blair). Which leads me to wonder if they were ad-libbing a lot of the filler dialogue or if Blair couldn't remember the lines he had written (and directed)! I hope it was former. Otherwise, Blair and Yates served well as hosts to the parade of misfits, but a little polish wouldn't have hurt.

Also between the variety acts, we were treated to the Franzia Foxes - dancing girls in short, red skirts. (Franzia Foxes also served to move a lot of the props and scenery around.)

The acts on Chick and Boozy's variety show consisted of a circus-style dog act, a vampire Santa skit, a "white trash" Christmas sweatshirt fashion show, campy lounge singers, a parody of Seigfried and Roy, among others.

While most of the acts were funny and well done, some of them suffered from the aforementioned production problems. For instance, the campy lounge singers (similar to the Carpenters - had Karen lived and had Richard played the electric guitar instead of the piano) had great potential, but the guitar frequently drowned out the vocals. That might have been intentional, but in order for "campy" to work, we must be able to hear the campy songs, right?

Another instance of a microphone gone bad was during the Christmas sweatshirt fashion show. The hostess of the show (whose name I regrettably can't remember) seemed to be quite funny with her descriptions of the sweatshirts. Unfortunately, the audience heard only three out of five words she spoke. Was it intentional or was it ancient sound equipment? I don't know. (The performers at Dad's Garage usually do not need microphones in their small theatre; so maybe the technicians are not used to - nor have the equipment to - balance amplified sound properly.)

The finale of the show, a parody of Seigfried and Roy's Las Vegas extravaganza, also had great potential. This time, however, it wasn't the sound equipment hindering the performance - it was the writing and directing. While at times very funny, the skit was directed to run much longer than the material dictated. (Like a "Saturday Night Live" skit that doesn't know where to go or when to stop.)

Overall, "Chick & Boozy's" at Dad's Garage is fun and funny (as are most productions at this funky little theatre). And, as always, the actors are top-notch comedians. (The program for the show mostly grouped everyone into an "Ensemble" category, so I'm not able to list any of the standouts.) The cast and crew could have used another week or so of rehearsals to work out (and fine tune) the dialogue, pacing, and sound. If I'm wrong and the production problems were intentional, then they also needed to work on making those problems integrate believably within the play.

Sogo see "Chick & Boozy's" because you'll recognize the potential that Dad's Garage has and you will want to go back to see their other productions. Even when their efforts aren't absolutely wonderful, the ensemble at Dad's Garage is always good and, most times, better than other similar theatre ensembles.


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